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POT: Time to move on against real threats

Letter by Jake Bottero, Lakewood on Aug. 30, 2013 at 8:27 am with No Comments »
August 30, 2013 1:32 pm

Re: “Feds won’t sue to stop state’s new pot laws” (TNT, 8-30).

President Obama, through Attorney General Eric Holder, has essentially decriminalized the use of marijuana, and this is a correct decision. Citing “limited prosecutorial resources,” Holder’s deputy James Cole explained the change in economic terms. The “War on Drugs” with respect to marijuana simply doesn’t work anymore in American society.

There are now any number of local “drug policy czars” who suggest this decision is somehow the beginning of the downfall of society. These old men are out of step with both society today and reality.

The reality is that people have started to realize that marijuana is not much different than alcohol, and that expending huge amounts of public money on fighting something that many Americans enjoy in moderation is simply an obscenity.

I do not use marijuana, but I don’t drink whiskey either (which at one time was illegal as well). I don’t care to have my hard-earned tax dollars used to fight something that most Americans don’t see as a threat. It’s time to move on to things that really matter.

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